Chelsea predicted XI v Liverpool: Sarri forced into change at the back

Hope Soto
September 29, 2018

Who will come out on top?

Sarri has challenged the Belgian to follow the example of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah last season by scoring 40 goals in a campaign for the first time in his career.

Eden Hazard must work harder in training if he wants to be the world's best player, according to head coach Maurizio Sarri who believes Chelsea have only seen "75 or 80 percent" of the forward's potential so far. "I carried it [the injury] for a long time, to be honest, and hopefully it's everything behind me so I can be 100 per cent again".

Liverpool are sweating on Virgil van Dijk's fitness ahead of their trip to west London He was forced off the pitch with a rib pain in Liverpool's 3-0 win against Southampton on Saturday evening.

One thing for certain is that Wednesday's cup tie will bear little resemblance to Saturday's league encounter in terms of the outcome, but it is the star players on each team that hold the game in their hands.

"Three players are offside - two for sure".

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Sarri's rapid overhaul of Chelsea's style in just a few months from the caution of Antonio Conte to a side that dominate possession. He is a genius, I think. Not many teams in the world can buy Eden Hazard.

But Chelsea have the psychological boost of a midweek victory over Liverpool in the League Cup, albeit in a game in which both sides made eight changes.

Attack: Mohamed Salah was named on the bench on Wednesday and only made a second half appearance so the Egyptian global is expected to be recalled to the starting eleven at Stamford Bridge.

N'Golo's next task: tell Hazard he's scared of not winning the Premier League... Daniel Sturridge actually gave Liverpool the lead just moments later, but Kante went on soon after, before fringe full-back Emerson Palmieri equalised for Chelsea with just over 10 minutes left. "[Liverpool] have worked very well in the last season with these players".

"But I think the game on Saturday is going to be more important because of the win today and in the league they are also incredible".

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